Photography has been used for decades to capture the images that we see with our eyes, but, it can also help us to see things that we could never see with just the naked eye.
Photomicrographers are those who photograph the microscopic world around us. With the help of special cameras, we can now see cell nuclei or the intestines of fruit flies if we so wanted to. There are hundreds of photomicrographers in the world, each with their own unique specialization or style; like artists, they present to us their own interpretations of microscopic objects, using various techniques, such as two-photon excitation microscopy, which “provides distinct advantages for three-dimensional imaging”. This process is used for “imaging of living cells, especially within intact tissues such as brain slices, embryos, whole organs, and even entire animals”, making Dr. Paul Appleton’s pictures both studies of biological components of organisms, but also aesthetically, vibrant, geometric abstractions.
Claudia Buttera creates similar pieces, most of them cells under stress, and frames them to be placed in a gallery setting, where both the science of the subject and aesthetic of the overall piece is appreciated for as a work of art. The muse is nature, the artist Buttera.
Nikola Rahme moves slightly further away from the subjects, revealing the actual features and body parts of wasps and beetles, instead of merely the puzzle pieces of their anatomy known as cells. Works such as Rahme’s help viewers put a ‘face’ to the cluster of shapes that the aforementioned photomicrographers capture.
These photographs both fascinate and repulse, but most importantly, like the exhibit, they educate viewers, allowing us to get a glimpse of how our bodies function. After the initial shock of seeing our insides so exposed, viewers begin to discover the great detail in our veins and the spectrum of colour found just in and around the heart. Our bodies present themselves as works of art, in this case, exhibited and then photographed.
The aim of BODIES: The Exhibition is to “[allow] visitors to see the human body’s inner beauty in educational and awe-inspiring ways”, with bodies and organs preserved using “a revolutionary process called polymer preservation, in which human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber.” Every aspect of the body is covered, allowing curious minds to see up close that which most of us never get to see.
The exhibit, and especially the pictures taken by The New Cruelty, shows just how much a part of nature we are; our whole-body vein system looks strikingly similar to the veins seen on leaves, and our pulmonary veins and arteries (attached to the heart) look more like coral reefs than human organs.
Earthquakes are dangerous phenomena, yet two artists chose to present these natural disasters, in a way that makes viewers contemplate, rather than fear them.
Luke Jerram and Carlos Amorales created works that comment on the 2011 Japanese Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, respectively. Their works allow viewers to contemplate the nature of earthquakes with the help of visualizations through seismographic data.
In Jerram’s piece, the artist took the seismographic data from the Tōhoku earthquake, and rotated it using a computer program to see the data in three-dimensions, later printing it in those dimensions. The sculpture, made in 2011, represents nine minutes of the earthquake, allowing viewers to calculate, and imagine, the severity of the disaster on their own.
Amorales approaches the 1985 earthquake in a more theoretical presentation, in “Vertical Earthquake” (2010). Rather than using data, the artist creates his own fault lines and cracks on the walls, drawing epicentres around each. The artist chose to capture the chaos and emotion of the event. Within the installation, newspaper clippings of the disaster are displayed, with fault lines drawn on them as well.
Where Jerram uses data to help visualize the severity of the earthquake in Japan, Morales plays with drama and emotion, creating a fragmented image which symbolically reflects the earthquake that he witnessed. Both pieces however, are sobering reminders of the immense power our Earth has over man-made constructions.
Yossi Katzav’s approach to fashion design has always been minimalistic with a touch of attention to the fine and small details, and he truly mastered the art of creating a sense of intimacy between his customers and his deluxe and luxurious fabrics.
For his FW 2014-15 collection, Katzav was inspired by English romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker William Turner, who displayed an evident evolution in his painting style throughout his long career, much like the growing level of sophistication and elegance that Yossi himself showcases each season with his successful menswear brand SKETCH.
Rich with texture and equipped with a soft color palette, this collection has bright wools, soft leather jackets, light tailored suits, printed button-down shirts, Chinese collars, and a variety of scarves. However, leather is one of the most important ingredients this season for this brand (manufactured in small quantities) and our absolute favorite was a chocolate-brown leather jacket with an edible quality made to channel your inner stylish rock star.
True to his devoted clients; men who loves dressing up but in a toned down way, creating a style that suits their busy Telavivian life, Katzav is using the cut and detailing of individual garments as inspiration for his own work, offering a one-of-a-kind access to the mind of a fashion designer chosen for the title “Designer of the year 2013″ under Menswear Design category that took place during Holon fashion awards week last year. This accomplished designer has once again maintained the level of creativity and attention for details to meet his own standards, and we look forward to witness his many seasons to come.
We’ve just completed an incredibly exciting day of shooting with fashion designer Golan Taub, with a collection that serves as a form of 3D illustrated visual art, with all the pieces sharing a cartoonish quality, made from vinyl straps in shades of pink red and yellow and blue - colorful and joyous.
London-based designer Kim Shui created her very own collection inspired by spematist Malevich figures. Her fashion pieces are all about the abstraction of the body and re-interpretation of forms and proportions. Kim is the winner of the 2014 Media Award judged by media/press representatives at the opening of Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week.
This project aims to explore material manipulation and reconstruction as a tool to create. The visual references and the base of this work lies within the general expression of the orthodox Hasidic garb.
Dana Itelson-Kirshberg is the woman behind this ultra-chic website with the catchy title SOFI, in which she uses her accurate fashion sense, elegance and high aesthetic intuition, and chooses a fabulous and diverse wardrobe for her web-visitors. Of course none of that has to do with the 1982 american drama film ‘Sophie’s Choice’ staring Meryl Streep, but i couldn’t help myself with the mention of this funny reference.
Her website is the first Israeli’s website that allows exclusive online shopping from Scandinavian countries, with standard shipping cost and at the same speed. The added value of the site is reflected in the uniqueness and exclusivity, as well as the supply of a wide range of European fashion brands and leading designers. Enjoy!
Shot by Sebastian Faena, with creative direction by Stephen Gan, the portfolio, which will appear in all 30 editions of Harper’s Bazaar, includes Lady Gaga, Penélope Cruz, Linda Evangelista, Lara Stone, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Mariacarla Boscono, Joan Smalls, Stephanie Seymour, Isabeli Fontana, Laetitia Casta, Carolyn Murphy, Monica Bellucci, Gigi Hadid, Brooke Shields, Eva Herzigova, Iman, Stacy Martin and Lauren Hutton.
See the full September issue portfolio styled by Carine Roitfeld.
Vogue Japan released its September 2014 cover on Wednesday - which also happens to be its 15th anniversary issue — and it features an all-star cast of supers from throughout the ages. From the icons of the ’80s and ’90s like Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, to more recent megastars like Natasha Poly and Malgosia Bela, this pullout cover is a collectors item for anyone who’s ever pored over models.
Kendal Murray’s miniature sculptures stage dream-like narratives that are played out by microscopic identities with giant personalities. Short stories and tall tales are enacted in a range of playful and dramatic scenarios that are imbued with social, symbolic and personal meaning. Glass teapots, grass-covered purses, mirrored makeup compacts and open books set the stage for each scenario, offering the delight of the unexpected, the puzzle of a question and the possibility of a dream escape into make-believe worlds.